Hi, gang. Craig here again, and this Friday assignment is a writing question. It’s kind of an audience participation thing, so I hope we can engage in the comments.
This is a favorite game of authors everywhere. Let’s cast the movie to go along with our novels. I used to get more performers a few years ago. I still get them, but maybe experience has dampened some of this mental activity when I write.
The first time it happened to me, Linda Hunt insisted on taking over the character of Aunt Natalie in Panama. She was the keeper of all the secret agent type weapons, and provided the train the Marshals used once they got to Panama.
I’ll play honestly with one I’ve never given much thought to. The Hat is a being from another dimension. He’s been magically bound to help a specific family for thousands of years. The current member of that family is Lizzie St. Laurent. Together, they form kind of a paranormal superhero/avenger.
To make this into a film, The Hat will have to be one of those CG creations, but will need a voice actor. He’s a wise ass, a bit opinionated, and easily confused. I can only think of one actor to fill the role. He’s made films and series when he was around in Ancient Greece (Hercules/Xena), the Napoleonic era (Jack of All Trades), the old west (Brisco County Jr.), and he’s got lots of experience fighting what are called Deadites (A whole bunch of Evil Dead). To voice The Hat, I choose Bruce Campbell.
Lizzie has some specific needs. Music is a big part of this novel. The Hat plays the upright bass, through Lizzie’s fingers. She sings, which places a specific requirement upon the actor that plays her. She’s also a millennial, and this causes some personality clashes with The Hat. I think someone like Selina Gomez could pull this off.
Now, I want to hear from you. It could be a peripheral character, your main characters, or a supporting character. Leave a line in the comments, and feel free to drop a book link. However, if you drop a book link you have to use those sharing buttons somehow.
Let’s hear it. Cast that movie.